The Graduate Center, CUNY, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Speech-Language & Hearing Science - 2017
The Graduate Center, CUNY, Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Speech-Language & Hearing Science - 2011
Teachers College, Columbia University, Master of Science (MS), Speech-Language Pathology - 2005
Marymount Manhattan College, Bachelor of Arts (BA) Major: Communication Science & Disorders; Minors: Education, Biology & Sociology - 2003
Dr. Marissa A. Barrera is an internationally recognized medical Speech-Language Pathologist and Multiple Sclerosis Certified Specialist. She has extensive specialized training in the evaluation and treatment of individuals with neurological conditions and is a leading expert on the use of modalities for speech and swallowing rehabilitation, including Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES), Surface Electromyography (sEMG) and Neuromuscular Taping. Dr. Barrera had trained over 4000 clinicians globally in over 10 different countries. As a researcher and author, Dr. Barrera has lectured around the globe on a wide range of clinical care topics ranging from dysphagia, NMES, motor speech disorders, cognition and neurogenerative diseases. She has over 70 research abstracts and has been featured in Women’s Health, Vice Magazine, ADVANCE for Speech-Language Pathology and MTV. She is the Program Director at Yeshiva University's Graduate Program in Speech Language Pathology, a member of the prestigious Clinical Advisory Committee of the National MS Society and the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation Advisory Board. She also serves as distinguished faculty for the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers. Dr. Barrera is also the founder and owner of the New York Neurogenic Speech-Language Pathology and the ASPIRE CENTER for Health + Wellness, with offices in both Manhattan and Brooklyn.
Recent International and National Abstracts [Partial listing of invited oral, poster and teleconference presentations]:
Barrera, M.A. (2018). Getting Back To Basics: An Integrated Clinical Approach to Assessment and Therapy of Dysphagia. Laboratory of Interdisciplinary Approach for Improving Quality of Life, Technological Educational Institute of Crete. Heraklion, Crete. [invited 4 day training seminar].
Barrera, M.A. & Fry, D. (2018). Facilitating Respiratory Enhancement in MS. 2018 Annual Meeting of the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers. Nashville, TN. [invited faculty oral presentation].
Barrera, M.A. (2018). The Clinical Application of Neuromuscular Taping for the Treatment of Swallowing Disorders. McAllen Speech Symposium. McAllen, Texas [invited training course].
Barrera, M.A., & Petrou, S. (2018). The Clinical Application of Neuromuscular Taping for the Treatment of Motor Speech and Swallowing Disorders. Stark & Watson’s Clinical Training Symposium. Athens, Greece. [invited 2 day training course].
Barrera, M.A., Goodell, P.O. & Karpatkin, H. (2017). The Effect of a Single Bout of Physical Exertion on Language Skills in Individuals with Multiple Sclerosis. ASHA Annual Convention. Los Angeles, CA. [invited poster presentation].
Barrera, M.A. (2017). The Role of NMES and sEMG in Dysphagia Management Across the Lifespan: Clinical Use & Application of the Aspire 2. Qatar Rehabilitation Institute, Hamad Medical Corporation. Doha, Qatar. [invited training course].
Barrera, M.A., Goodell, P.O. & Karpatkin, H. (2016). The Effect of a Single Bout of Physical Exertion on Language Skills in Individuals with Multiple Sclerosis. 4th Meeting of the International MS Cognition Society. New York, NY. [invited poster presentation].
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